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Police nab bank robbery suspect

Christina Proctor

A man entered the El Dorado Savings Bank, Al Tahoe Branch, a half an hour after opening Monday morning, handed the teller a demand note and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Less than six hours later South Lake Tahoe Police investigators had a suspect in custody. According to investigators, the robber didn’t display a weapon during the incident that occurred around 9:35 a.m. and although other customers were in the bank at the time, no one was injured.

Witnesses at the bank gave police a detailed description of the robber.

Detective Martin Hewlett said the robber left the scene on foot, but a witness observed a man matching the suspect’s description get into a 1995, or newer, clean white sedan, possibly a two-door with bold black trim, with a California license plate with numbers similar to “2YKN14.” The suspect vehicle was seen leaving the area heading south on Al Tahoe Boulevard.

Sgt. Les Scott said it was the witnesses’ excellent descriptions that led to the arrest of Sean Peter Hynes, 24, of Fort Bragg, Calif., on suspicion of committing bank robbery. Hynes also has a no-bail warrant for robbery pending from another jurisdiction, investigators said.

El Dorado County Sheriff’s Deputy Tim Becker reported seeing a vehicle matching the witnesses’ description near the South “Y” Center around 3:10 p.m. He caught up with the suspect vehicle on U.S. Highway 50 near H Street and stopped the vehicle at the entrance to the Lake Tahoe Airport. The California license plate on Hynes’ vehicle was “2YKN114.”

There was also a woman and child in the car with Hynes, who were thought to be uninvolved in the robbery and not held, investigators said.

Scott said help from other law enforcement agencies in the basin allowed for a vigilant monitoring of all roads leaving the area.

The last bank robbery in South Lake Tahoe occurred in July at the El Dorado Savings Bank at 3962 U.S. Highway 50. An armed man, who made no attempt to disguise his identity, entered, brandished a handgun and demanded money from one of the employees.

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